Help us save endangered livestock breeds from extinction!

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Help us save endangered livestock breeds from extinction!

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  • DescriptionWe are a conservation breeding facility for endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. We currently work with 5 breeds of chicken, ducks, goats, and horses. This is a social enterprise with the following goals:

    • To maintain viable breeding populations of selected endangered breeds and promote these breeds to the farming community and the general public
    • To develop and promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable farming practices that are well adapted to our local landscapes and climate

    It is a 20 acre farm, located just south of Nanaimo on beautiful Vancouver Island, off the West Coast of Canada. The farm has an orchard, pastures, a creek and a little bit of forest. We are close to the ocean, as well as a lake, forests and many hiking trails.

    Caring for the animals is the main priority for workawayers; feeding, watering and keeping them clean. If there is time, we tackle infrastructure projects such as fencing and building repair. In the fall there is a lot of fruit to be picked and processed. Everybody has to take turns doing some housework.

    Please be aware that this is a farm in a rural area. The nearest bus stop is 3 km away. Once you are here, you are pretty much stuck here unless you like to walk or are bringing your own transportation. We can offer occasional rides into town etc. There is a bike available for use.

  • LocationCanada, British Columbia, Nanaimo, Nanaimo

  • Work
  • Type of work Caring for the animals is the main priority for workawayers; feeding, watering and keeping them clean. If there is time, we tackle infrastructure projects such as fencing and building repair. In the fall there is a lot of fruit to be picked and processed. Everybody has to take turns doing some housework.

    Be prepared for hard, physical labour, and be prepared to get dirty. Most of the work takes place outdoors, and it happens in all weather! The animals must still be cared for even if it is roasting hot, freezing cold or pouring down rain. Helpers who come between October and April, in particular, MUST have waterproof clothing and boots!!! This is Canada's rain coast, and it rains a LOT during this time.

    If you have particular skills, we will try to put them to good use.
  • Hours per day Typical working hours are from 8.30 - 12, and again from 4.30-5.00pm (during the darkest winter months we have to start evening chores at 4pm), 6 days per week. We all share meal preparation and dishes in the evening.
  • Work requirements: Helpers need to speak English well enough to understand instructions. They need to be comfortable working on their own as most of the time each person will have their own jobs to do. Enthusiasm for the work and flexibility are more important than previous experience. We will teach you what you need to know.

    We are in the process of becoming a foster family for kids in government care. When that happens, the government will require a criminal record check from everybody staying in the house. Helpers would need to provide that before they arrive.

    The farm is not suitable for people with any allergies to animals, hay, pollen etc. Absolutely no smokers!
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Minimum stay is 4 weeks. We have a strong preference for helpers who want to stay longer after an initial trial month; constant turnover of people is exhausting for us and the animals!
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, German
  • Has pets? This is a livestock farm, so we have many animals. There are two dogs in the home, one of whom is not good with people who are anxious around dogs.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: Shared room in the farmhouse for helpers. In the summer months, a camper on the property is also available.
  • Additional info
  • Our need for helpers varies a bit from season to season. In the winter we only need one or at most two, during haying season we can use as many as 4 or 5!